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Noomi Rapace Looking to Join Tom Hardy for ‘Animal Rescue’; Actors Also Weigh ‘Child 44’

Written by on December 17, 2012 

After learning the ropes with Fake Tom Hardy this past summer, Noomi Rapace is upgrading to the real deal. According to Deadline, the original Lisbeth Salander and the actual Tom Hardy are up for Fox Searchlight’s Animal Rescue; as he’s finalizing a deal that started last month, the offer has only been extended her way just now. With my faultless powers of prediction is it stated they’ll both end up in lead roles.

For Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam, specifically, who will be working off a short story (and adapted screenplay) penned by the esteemed Dennis Lehane. This very material is a strong opportunity for Hardy, who’s coming on to play a sensitive New York bartender that discovers a wounded dog which sends his life careening toward trouble; its owner, he not being a reputable sort, wants to take him down, just as the mobsters running his bar start to develop faulty scheme. Rapace plays a (likely) female character who, in one way or another, finds herself entering the story. Just don’t ask me how.

There’s also the matter of Child 44, which Jeff Sneider claims the two are up to headline for producer Ridley ScottRapace and Fake Tom Hardy‘s Prometheus director. Possibly behind the camera is Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money) — that announcement was months ago and without follow-up, though, so who knows — who, along with scribe Richard Price (Clockers, The Color of Money), is adapting the Tom Rob Smith thriller with (some) historical roots.

Their focus is on Andrei Chikatilo, The Rostov Ripper, a real-life Soviet serial killer — moved from the late ’70s / early ’80s to Stalin‘s Russia — who ended the lives of about 56 women and children in his time. Child 44 is about a hunt for that man, which means Hardy will, I assume, either play Chikatilo or a detective of some kind; Rapace, again, is sort of a question mark. No matter what the involvement, this is some very fine news indeed.

Are Hardy and Rapace an interesting pair for these two outings?

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